APA President Carol Bernstein, MD, presents Mental Health Kokua Executive Director & CEO Greg Payton with a check at the APA Annual Meeting opening session on May 15, at the Hawai`i Convention Center. Donations continued to be accepted throughout the conference, reaching $7,158 by its close on May 18.
The American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) 164th Annual Meeting raised $7,158 in donations for Hawai`i nonprofit Mental Health Kokua.
The meeting, held May 14-18, drew nearly 10,000 participants who were invited to make a donation as part of this year’s “APA Gives Back Program,” which supports a group in the community hosting APA’s annual meeting. APA also hosted the Hawai`i Aloha Classic 2011 golf tournament in partnership with the Waipahu Aloha Club at the Waikele Country Club on May 13 to assist in raising funds.
This year’s recipient, Mental Health Kokua, helps people with mental illness achieve optimum recovery and the ability to function in their community. APA’s contribution will support the organization’s tele-health program, which provides care to dozens of people across the state, many of whom live in rural areas, who are recovering from mental illness.
This was the second year of the “APA Gives Back Program,” which raised $7,000 for the Mission in New Orleans in 2010.
APA was the Center’s second-largest meeting of the year, following the APEC 2011 Leaders’ Meeting in November. APA last met in Honolulu in 1973.
More than 10,000 participants are expected at the 164th Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) from May 14-18 at the Hawai`i Convention Center.
It’s one of the Center’s largest meetings of the year, with participation and world-class research from 76 countries. In honor of the convention, Gov. Neil Abercrombie has signed a proclamation naming May the American Psychiatric Association Month in Hawai`i.
The APA is highlighting research that includes groups throughout the Pacific Rim, including new information on post-traumatic stress disorder among military families; psychological stress of disaster and trauma workers, including information from the most recent Japan earthquake; residual effects of historical trauma in Hawai`i, such as the introduction of Western diseases more than 100 years ago and the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941; and a look at the increased rate of psychiatric emergency department use by Hawai`i’s elderly.
As part of the “APA Gives Back Program,” registrants have donated more than $6,200 to Hawai`i nonprofit Mental Health Kokua, which assists people with mental illness achieve optimum recovery and the ability to function in the community. The American Psychiatric Foundation is also hosting the Hawai`i Aloha Classic 2011 golf tournament in partnership with the Waipahu Aloha Club at the Waikele Country Club on May 13.
Healthy Minds – APA’s online resource.